Canadian-born women's clothing designer, Simon Chang, made a stop in Atlanta recently, at the Blue Dangles boutique to launch his fall 2014 collection. Chang and shop owner, Tracey Freund collaborated for the in-store event in an effort to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS). During Chang’s visit, a percentage of sales were donated to LLS and the shop quickly turned into a makeshift catwalk for regular clientele. Freund, a fourth generation fashion retailer, has maintained a notable presence in the business with the help of her family’s internationally acclaimed women’s boutique, which has influenced and gained significant prominence in Montreal, Canada since 1953.
Where Chang has found success is in the idea that style is conversation. “People are moving, and they’re moving fast," Chang says. "They will come up behind you and you better be ready to have something to say with fashion.”
Chang and Freund have known each other since the latter was born, and while visiting Blue Dangles the internationally renowned designer took some time to talk about the problem with trends, Atlanta’s seasonal advantage in the fashion game, and encouraging the creative spirit.
A few weeks back I ran into FRESH.i.AM's Tunde Ogunnoiki at the launch party for Mondesir's collection of t-shirts featuring artistic icons. Thanks to an open bar and our positioning next to the DJ booth, manned by Ira IV and BLKKMORRIS, much of our conversation was hazy. However, I remember hearing the words "look book," "Japanimation," and "DOPE." At the end of it, there was just Tunde saying, "You'll get an email soon."
Fast forward, and now we have the CYBER TRIBE look book from F.i.A. Comprised of five mini videos (""Big Brother," "XXX," "Surf Bort," "Ghost," "Power Up") packed into one, the digital look book chronicles two individuals' travels through the Matrix or, in this case, the Internet. Vine wunderkind Matt Swinsky and Ogunnoiki collaborated on the visuals and editing, while local production duo NEVR played maestros for the soundtrack.
The imagery falls in line with FRESH.i.AM's fresh new batch of TRIBE gear, which is featured throughout the short clip. From the TRIBE biker jacket to the infamous digi-skull "Selfie Tee," the new line is both an ode and "fuck you" to the digital world.
With the rise of the INFO, IRL has become overrun with information about our lives, our minds, our dreams. We have become completely saturated with this constant overflow of information and it has left us no more than uninspired sprites, regurgitating and living in sameness. I call on the TRIBE to CYBER SPACE to free those trapped in the matrix. How do we survive in a post-human world? We stand at the beginning of the Singularity and destruction is inevitable without the guidance of the TRIBE.
"We're not really a streetwear company, we're an art brand," Fresh.i.Am designer Tunde Ogunnoiki told me in July. "We don't sell fashion, we sell art."
Call it artwear.
The hard-to-classify, Atlanta-based culture brand just dropped its new fall/winter line, and it's inspiration is equally artful. It's inspired by "american street gangs, South African tribes and the internet," according to the description for TRIBE.
The line includes several new additions to the brand's notorious FUKK line, including a bomber jacket, hoodie, trunks and a deconstructed FUKK tee - all black everything, of course. Like the line itself, the video lookbook has a super dystopian, Lord-of-the-Flies feel. It also features new production from Atlanta trap ambassador Heroes x Villains.
Inspired by american street gangs, South African tribes and the internet; TRIBE celebrates the individual. Deeply based in the ways of tribal society, FRESHIAM has used a sense of kinship amongst its constituits to create a collection based on a culture that the brand has cultivated over the past 5 years. Tribe is the visual representation of a group of individuals becoming one.
But the self-taught designer has released his fall/winter 2013 lookbook, and it's looking like the year of the futuristic dandy. This ain't your great-great grandaddy's definition of dandyism. Think double-breasted morning coats with contemporary cuts and oversized fur collars, and edgy Egyptian-derived shendyt pants with black leather and gold zippers.
Speaking of which, Poku says he's already honed the vision for Oberima Afriyie, his new luxury menswear label, at least a decade into the future. But the next move is to launch a Kickstarter campaign "to fund the next collection and debut the brand."
I don't know about you, but I aspire to be cool enough to pull this look off one day. If his designs seem a little too refined for your taste, you might be surprised to discover the kind of guy Poku has in mind with his mission to redefine the "gentleman." As he reminded me at last night's CL party for this year's BOA winners, the archetypical gentlemen he envisions styled in Oberima Afriyie range from tatted-up skateboarders to bikers in leather jackets. Because "you're only comfortable," Poku says, "when you are yourself."
See more lookbook photos below the jump:
About a month ago, I was at Castleberry Hill's Art Stroll catching the viewing party for Nija Major's multimedia performance-art/twerked-out think piece "The Brainwashing," when the video's director, Omar "Chilly-O" Mitchell, made mention of a guerilla fashion show scheduled to go down that night at the Buckhead MARTA station.
A guerilla fashion show at the Buckhead MARTA station? It sounded too bizarre to be true. But being that I'd imbibed several plastic cups of two-buck chuck at that point, I decided to stay put.
Thankfully, the video above, featuring footage from the Sept. 13 fashion show titled "Boys Don't Cry," hit my inbox today. As it turns out, it was designed and curated by (b).Rick (pronounced "Brick"), who happened to be the in-house stylist for fresh.i.am's photo shoot when Creative Loafing covered the Atlanta-based artwear collective back in July.
The pop-up MARTA show doubled as the premiere of (b).Rick's new streetwear/menswear collection, which he calls (b).stroy. In keeping with the theme behind the name, (b).Rick and his "trusted art director" Dieter turned Atlanta's mass transit line into a conspicuous catwalk. Here's a more thorough description from the man himself:
The people at Upper Chattahoochee Riverkeeper (UCR), an organization dedicated to the conservation and protection of Atlanta's Chattahoochee River, are holding a contest to design their organization's new T-shirt.
Contest rules are simple: designs should illustrate the importance of protecting the Chattahoochee, the design should be suitable for all ages, and be fun and unique. Upload designs to the UCR's Facebook page and whichever three designs have the most 'likes' on Facebook by the end of Jan. will become the finalists. Then a panel of UCR members and Atlanta celebrity judges will determine the winning design on Feb. 3.
The grand prize design winner will receive six VIP tickets and a private cabana for his or her guests at the 16th Annual River Revival on May 4 at Park Tavern with food and drink included, the winner and guests will receive a one-year membership to UCR and a few of tees printed with the winning design.
Make it work people!
Check out each of the finalist's proposed designs below. By the looks of it, results won't be as dismal as another recent statewide crowd-sourced design project. Which is good for the Silverbacks, 'cause we're always ready with suggestions.
Like-Voting continues through Sept. 22.
No juries, no boards and no professionals will meddle with the outcomes; the winner will be selected based on the number of "likes" on the Silverbacks’ official Facebook page.
The uniform template can be downloaded from the Silverback's facebook page. Designs should be submitted via e-mail to email@example.com. Beginning August 1 entries will be added to a photo album on the team’s Facebook page and let the "likes" battle begin.
Each of the five finalists from the Facebook battle fields will receive two season tickets for 2012. And the winner? Nothing less than a four-day, three-night trip to Bogotá, Colombia, where he or she can witness the idea turn to reality at the headquarters of the team's uniform manufacturer. The winner will be formally announced at halftime of the Silverbacks’ game on September 24.
For official contest rules, visit atlantasilverbacks.com.
Tonight is a lecture by Waris Ahluwahlia, actor (he was in The Darjeeling Limited, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou and Inside Man) and designer. He designs the House of Waris jewelry line and is influenced by ancient kingdoms.
The lecture is at 6 p.m. in Event Space 4C at SCAD Atlanta, 1600 Peachtree St.
Tomorrow is an event celebrating the 45th anniversary of the Valley of the Dolls book. Town & Country senior editor Whitney Robinson and fashion designer Lisa Perry will talk about the book and its impact, alongside Lisa Bishop, Cameron Silver and Ira Silberberg. There will also be a screening of a documentary about the making of the book and film. This event is at 3 p.m. in Event Space 4C at SCAD Atlanta, 1600 Peachtree St.
Also tomorrow is a screening and discussion of Bill Cunningham New York. Bill Cunningham New York is a documentary about Cunningham, a photographer for the Styles section of the New York Times. Even in his eighties, Cunningham is shown riding his bike around the city to capture its essence on film. Nice! The screening is at 6 p.m. in Event Space 4C at SCAD Atlanta, 1600 Peachtree St. www.scad.edu for all events.
The guy is a hoot. If you've never watched his style videos on nytimes.com, you're missing out. Check out this one from March when temperatures in Manhattan spiked. He can barely contain himself between all the flowers and cropped trenches.
Trailer for the documentary below:
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